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Problem with contourf for scattered data

Asked by Cyril Basalaev on 15 May 2019
Latest activity Edited by Cyril Basalaev on 20 May 2019
I have a table with 3 columns (x,y,value) for scattered data from the image like this.
But when I take griddata and then contouf, I get such a plot with strange netted area (in the bottom). Blue points are my sctttered data
Area in the bottom large (small bubbles):
So the question is what am i doing wrong? Why do I get these netted areas instead of great filled areas? Why i get it i these places and others are ok&
Listing of my code, table in attachments
[xq,yq] = meshgrid(0:1:3550, 0:1:2550); % interpolation points grid
vq = griddata(x,y,values,xq,yq,'natural');
Z = squeeze(vq);
grid on
[hq,hqlbl] = contourf(xq,yq,Z);
colorbar ('Direction','reverse')
caxis([-60 20])


Which column contains value? Your spreadsheet has 10 columns in it. X and Y are obvious, but not sure what you want to use for elevation.
Perhaps you could describe what it is you are trying to do? If you could explain what you want your final result to be, we can better help you decide what it is you should do.
Hi, Cris!
Other 8 columns are values for different dates. I've taken X,Y and one of the last. Then I plan to make *.mp4 file with time-varying values. But now I'm just trying to get at least one good contourf plot without these strange black "netted" (bubled?) areas.
I noticed each netted area is specific for different column of values from xls-file, but can't find a relation between values and countourf results, as long as the reason for appearance of these bubbles in some areas :-(

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1 Answer

Answer by Cris LaPierre
on 15 May 2019
Edited by Cris LaPierre
on 15 May 2019
 Accepted Answer

I didn't look into what is causing it, but inspecting Z has me thinking it might be roundoff error. Your Z values in this region are varying between 1 and 1.0000. Since your contour line is for Z==1, I suspect it is trying to create a contour line around each 1.0000 "island".
I was able to clear it up for the 1/23/2017 data by adding round to the following code:
Z = squeeze(round(vq,4));

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Oh, yes, it works! Thanks a lot, have faced this error for the first time.

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